Quilting Through the “Pause”

As the Covid 19 pandemic wrecks havoc on much of the world, many of us are quarantined to our homes. Social distancing and staying home has kept us away or at arms reach from one another. Luckily, no one I know has been infected or worse. I can only pray that you and your families are staying safe and managing this situation as well as you can.

I know many of you have made masks from the stash that we have prized. And what a good use! I know I have made some masks that used good fabric that I wondered why I kept it all these years. Quite a bit of scrap stash and other odd patterns finally found a home. My husband and our pastor are avid golfers…. now they have golf ball and golf tee masks. The kids next door have tinkerbell and mine kraft masks. And I sport a gerberra daisy mask when I go grocery shopping. All from scraps! Friends have made hundreds of masks to donate to nursing homes, pharmacies, hospitals and anyone who just needs a mask. I thank you all for your efforts in this time of need. Who ever thought our stash could be so well used and loved by non quilters.

On the other hand, many people have asked what do you do all day? Aren’t you getting bored? Never will that happen!! I have a UFO pile that was beginning to dwindle……well, dwindle is too strong a word. A couple inches shorter maybe……a couple of projects done! But like other times, something else came along that needed attention. Masks were the order of the day. But now, I’m back to sewing the fun stuff……on my UFO pile….with a few masks thrown in as needed. And for many, the opportunity to sew all day is a welcome gift. For the most part, I have to say that I’m enjoying this “pause”. Although I will definitively be happy to go out to dinner again and see friends and family close up. We have some hugging to catch up on!

I finally finished hand quilting this mystery medallion! It’s heavily quilted and although I’m glad I’m finally done, I loved every minute of it. I debated whether to end this project here or drag it out another month. I could do a skinny clue or a fat clue. I guess it will remain until I get to the end of this post to see what happens. We’ll see what mood I’m in when we get there! Ok! Time to get to work!

2020 Scrap Fantasy Medallion – Clue #4

19. Using one 1 7/8″ colored and one 1 7/8″white square, sew together and press to the dark side. Sew two together to make a four patch. Press and trim to 3 1/4″.And then sew 4 – four patches together to make a 16 patch. Make 4 – 16 patches.

20. Using one matching set of 4 colored 3 1/2″ squares that have been cut on the diagonal and one 6 1/2″ inside background square that has been cut on both diagonals, sew one HST to both sides of the background quarter triangle as shown. Make 4 as shown. Press and trim dog ears.

21. Sew one section to opposite sides of the 16 patch checkerboard as shown making sure that the points are facing in.

22. Sew 3 1/4″ inside background squares to both sides of the two remaining sections and sew to the other open sides to make a Sawtooth 16 patch square. Press and trim to 11″ square. Repeat to make 4 blocks total.

23 .Using the remaining Anvil square blocks, sew one section of the 8 3/4″ outside background squares that have been cut on both diagonals to two sides of the anvil square as shown.

24. Repeat with remaining diamond square blocks as shown.

25. Sew one diamond square block unit from #24 to either side of a Martha Washington pinwheel block as shown. Make 4.

26. Using one HST from the 8 1/2″ outside background squares that have been cut on one diagonal, sew to the bottom of the Martha Washington pinwheel block as shown.

27. Sew one Martha Washington block to each side of the Sawtooth 16 patch block made in #22 as shown below. Make 4.

28. Sew one Anvil block unit made in #23 to either side of the above unit as shown.

29. Sew the unit made in #26 to the above unit. as shown.

30. Sew one completed unit to each side of the center medallion created in #18. Border with 6″ border strips or width of your choice. Batting and backing of your choice.

Thank you to my neighbor for holding up the quilt on a very windy day!

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed making this mystery. Now you and I can say we made a medallion quilt! I’m anxious to see your finish products. Please post them on Facebook!

Until next time……stay home and stay safe!

Enjoy this “pause” if you can and Happy Quilting!

Charlotte

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.

PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK.

Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2020 Charlotte Hawkes. All rights reserved.

Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern whether or not you profit from it.

Where did this month go?

There is a saying that “time passes fast when you are having too much fun.” Well, I must be having a lot of fun because here we are again! It just seems like a bit ago that I released the last clue. I have been hand quilting this medallion and I hope to have it finished by the reveal. I’m on the last quarter and then I have the border. It took me a month to quilt the center which you just completed and a month to quilt each of the remaining quarters. With two months to go I hope to have it done…done…done!!! But I like it! and I’m having fun!! I hope you are too!

It seems that some of you have had problems with the Martha Washington square and have questioned my cutting measurements. I draw on EQ (Electric Quilt software) for my designs and it gives me the measurements for rotary cutting. Some need to be rounded up….who wants to cut in 16ths of an inch? Some of you don’t want to cut in 8ths!!! I make the block and the whole quilt before I decide what I will use for the cutting requirements. Usually the EQ measurements are ok but occasionally I have to readjust a bit. The only thing I changed on this Martha block was increasing the corner square from 3 1/8″ to 3 1/4″. The rest of the measurements worked for me. I don’t have any unusual bunching, waving, missing points and I didn’t have to add any additional borders to make the 11″ square. I know that many of you are far better quilters than I am and some of you never commented on having problems with the block. Why did some work and others not? I guess the answers are just in the difference in cutting, seam allowance, pressing and fabrics. And if you added borders, that’s fine with me. Whatever you have to do to make it work!

Well, enough of that! Here is the next clue:

2020 Scrap Fantasy Medallion – Clue #3

14. Sew 1 colored and 1 inside background 1 7/8″ square together. Make 48. Press to the dark side. Sew two together to make a 4 patch as shown. Trim to 3 1/4″. Makes 24.

15. Using 1 – 3 1/2″ inside background and 1 – 3 1/2″ colored squares that have been cut on one diagonal, sew one inside background HST and one colored HST together on the diagonal as shown. Keep in pairs. Press to the dark side and trim dog ears. Make 12 sets.

16. Sew two 4 patches to one set of the above pairs as shown. Sew the center seam. Makes 12 Anvil blocks. Trim to 5 3/4″.

17. Sew one 1 7/8″ wof (width of fabric) outside background strips to either long side of one 3″ wof inside background (not end to end). Press to the dark side making a border strip 5 3/4″ by your wof. (Sorry, no picture here).

18. Cut the border strips to 43″ or the width of your center medallion made last month. Sew to two opposite sides. Choose 4 anvil blocks for the corners and sew to the ends of the two other border strips so that the 4 patch not will be in the corner of the completed new medallion. The 4 patches will be on the side to side position. Sew remaining sides to complete the center medallion. (Sorry, no picture again).

I guess I have to apologize for no pictures. Either I didn’t take them or they got lost in the shuffle. I could show you on my quilt but that wouldn’t be good! You are all smart cookies and I trust you will figure it out without a photo!

The next clue will emerge on April 14th.

Happy quilting!

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.

PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK.

Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2020 Charlotte Hawkes. All rights reserved.

Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern whether or not you profit from it.

It Was Time!

I don’t usually make resolutions for the new year but this year I decided it was time to finish some projects that I have had hanging around for who knows how long. Usually if I see a block or pattern that I like and figure that I will want to make it someday but not right now, I make up a couple squares and put it in a plastic bag with the instructions, a picture and usually the focus fabric. My reasoning is if I don’t start it now, it will get lost in the shuffle and I’ll either lose it or forget about it. And then there are the projects that are mostly finished and just need a border or two. They’re in a bag, labeled with a post-it that says “needs a border”. And then there are the tops that are finished and just need a backing (labeled with a post-it “done needs backing”). Of course, there is also a pile of quilts tops in plastic bags with the binding that need to be quilted. I like to think that I’m pretty organized most of the time so there are a lot of bags, post-its, and stuff! Lots and Lots of Bags!!!

Well, I decided it was time! Passed time, actually! I’m probably not going to live forever and I don’t want to have THAT much laying around for my kids to shake their heads about. “What was she thinking!!” But I hate to throw stuff away….after all, I keep scraps!!!!! Lots of scraps!!! That should tell you where my head is! So no project will be lost, given away or thrown out! I went through the bags and sorted into three piles. Stuff easily done, Stuff almost done, Stuff that needs to be quilted. I usually end up making bed size quilts so I downsized some to lap or couch size. My plan is to donate to homeless shelters, chemo and dialysis patients, palliative care units or whoever else. So this last month I have been on a mission. I’ve been sewing and sewing…. having fun and finishing things I’ve forgotten I had started. It’s going slowly but it feels good to see the finished pile grow. And I’ve been pretty good at not starting any new projects! We’ll see how long that lasts…..LOL! But the best part is I’m really enjoying this mission and having fun at the same time! As I complete things I’ll try posting on Facebook. Maybe you can join me on this UFO plan and get some of those oldies but goodies DONE!

Yeah, Yeah, I know, you probably want the next clue! OK, let’s have some fun! Here it is:

Scrap Fantasy Medallion – Clue #2

7. Using the 4″ white and 4″ colored squares that have been cut on both diagonals, sew 4 sections as shown. Make sure that you sew them all on the same side so that your pinwheels will all go in the same direction. Press to the dark side. Sew one 3 1/2″ white HST to each section. Press and trim to 3″ square.

8. Sew squares together as shown to make a pinwheel block. Press and trim to 5 1/2″ square. Make 16 pinwheels.

9. Using one matching set of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal and 6 1/2″ inside background squares cut on both diagonals, sew a colored 3 1/2″ HST to both sides of the background sections as shown. Sew each of the matched set as shown. Press and trim dog ears.

10. Arrange these sections around the pinwheel block. Sew top and bottom sections to the pinwheel block. Sew 3 1/4″ inner background squares to both sides of the two remaining sections. Sew to the sides to make a Martha Washington Square. Press and square to 11″. Make all 16.

11. Choose 4 of your favorite Martha Washington Squares that play nice together. Sew together as a four patch.

12. Choose 16 of the Square in a Square (Diamond Border blocks) that were made in the last clue. Set the other 8 aside. Sew in pairs to make 8 double sections as shown. Press the center seam open to make a nice flat block. Sew one 3″ x 11″ inside background border strips to both top and bottom as shown. Press and trim to 11″. Make 8.

13. Sew two of the above blocks together as shown. Place on sides of the four patch Martha square. Using the 4 blocks made in Clue #1, place as corner blocks. Sew together as shown to make the Scrap Fantasy Medallion center.

Now, wasn’t that fun!?! I’m loving it!! See you next month!

The next clue will emerge on March 10th.

Happy quilting!

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.

PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK.

Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2020 Charlotte Hawkes. All rights reserved.

Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern whether or not you profit from it.

OK, Quilters! Start Your Sewing Machines!

One of my sons loves to race cars. So I’m kind of comparing this “start” to one of his races. Of course this is not a race! But even if he has no chance of winning he still loves to race just for the fun of it. I have to admit that I’m a proud mama and over the years he has had his share of trophies. And some of us do the same. Some enter their quilts to win a prize and some enter knowing there is no chance to win. Most of us quilt just for the fun of it! I’m one of those. I rarely submit my quilt in a show. I love seeing when one of you do and get a ribbon! My heart says “Yayee!” I have to say doing this mystery quilt every year has been just fun for me. So now I say………well before I say that, I want to welcome all the new comers to this site! I guess some might say I’ve been discovered! Ha!Ha! Scary thought! It took about seven years to reach 1000 Facebook followers to the beginning of last December. However, about 250 people have jumped on this bandwagon in the last month! I don’t know how you found me but come on in and join the fun! Welcome!!!

OK, so now I can say it………..Quilters! Start your machines!!! Go Scrappy Quilts!! The 2020 Scrap Fantasy Medallion Mystery Quilt is about to begin!!!

Before we begin I am going to repeat the instructions from the last post about fabric/color/pattern selection:

I chose a light gray blender for my inside background fabric and charcoal gray blender for the outside background. Any two background colors will work if you like them together…….even prints, I suppose, as long as they aren’t too busy. Contrast is important. Make sure your piecing colors are intense enough so you don’t lose the pattern of the block. I used white to accent and bring focus to the block itself. Other colors could be used depending on your choice of inside and outside background fabrics.

You are going to need 24 sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ colored squares cut on one diagonal. Each set should be of the same color and value. So………that means each set may consist of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares all the same fabric or different fabrics…….or made up of different half square triangles…..8 to be exact. Or any combination of the above. I have some with all the same fabric, some with a couple fabrics, some with multiple sets of different half square triangles. What an opportunity to use all those odd balls! The only real importance is that they all be the same color and value. And, no, I don’t mean they must all (24 sets) be the same color. Have a wide range of colors……assorted colored sets – the more the merrier and scrappier!! OK, let’s go!!!

2020 Scrap Fantasy Medallion – Clue #1

Finished Size which includes a 6″ border is 83″ square.

For the confident beginner to intermediate quilter

Fabric Requirements:

White Fabric:

  • 4 – 3 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 32 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 32 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal

Assorted Colored Fabrics:

  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 80 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles
  • 12 – assorted 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 4 matching sets of 2 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 24 matching sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal (see above for explanation)
  • 24 – 4 1/4″ squares
  • 4 – 3″ squares

Inside Background ( 3 yds.)

  • 4 – 3″ wof (width of fabric) strips at least 44″ long
  • 48 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 68 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 80 – 3 1/4″ squares
  • 20 – 6 1/2″ squares cut on both diagonals

Outside Background (3 yds. includes plenty for border and binding)

  • 8 – 1 7/8″ wof strips at least 44″ long
  • 2 – 8 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 16 – 8 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals

Clue #1

  1. Using 1 – 3″ colored square and 1 – white 3 3/4″ square that has been cut on both diagonals. Sew one white section to each side of the colored square as shown. Press. Trim off dog ears and square to 4″. Make 4.

2. Using one set of matching 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles, sew one 2 1/2″x 4″ to the top and bottom of the above unit as shown. Sew one 2 1/2″ colored square to both ends of the 2 remaining rectangles. Sew to opposite sides as shown. Press and trim to 8″ squares. Repeat with the other 3 square in a square units.

3. Using 4 matching 3 1/2″ colored HST (Half Square Triangles) Sew to 4 Inside Background 3 1/2″ HSTs. Press and trim to 3 1/4″ square as shown. Make 4.

4. Using 8 matching 3 1/2″ HSTs. Sew one to each side of the colored HST as shown. Repeat with the remaining three.

5. Sew one section to each side of the above block as shown. Press and trim to 11″ square. Make 4 blocks. Set aside.

TIP: Fold the block in half and finger press to give placement for the center point.

6.  Using 4 1/4″ colored squares, sew 1 – 3 1/2″ inside background HST to opposite sides as shown. Press to the outside.  Sew additional 3 1/2″ inside background HSTs to the remaining two sides to make a square in a square block.  Press and trim to 5 3/4″ if needed.  Make 24.  Set aside.

That’s all for now! Have fun! See you next month! The next clue will be on Feb. 12th sometime when I get to posting! LOL!

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.

PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK.

Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2020 Charlotte Hawkes. All rights reserved.

Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern whether or not you profit from it.

Check One Off My Bucket List

Well, have you never made a medallion quilt? Me neither! So what better opportunity is there for me to force myself to make one than with this years mystery quilt! Yup, this year there may be a somewhat different format than the previous mysteries that I have done. Although I haven’t quite decided how the clues will progress. Should we just make the bones of this quilt first or should we put it together as we go or a combination of both? I guess you’ll just have to wait until January to find out! Hee! Hee! My devious methods should still keep you guessing…….what is she up to!!???!!

And so, my Scrap Fantasy Medallion 2020 mystery was born! I hope you all read this all the way down and don’t just skip to the “recipe” because there is some info that you might find helpful.

First, I want to welcome the newbies that have joined my site both here and on Facebook. My main object is to have fun with scraps and make something interesting and useful out of bits of fabric that would just otherwise go to waste. I try not to make this rocket science but if you have a question please feel free to post it on Facebook – MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I check there just about every day.

As some of you know, I save/collect a multitude of scrap sizes……both squares and half square triangles. Designing this quilt gave me an opportunity to set down with my 3 1/2″ bin and sort through it. Our poor scrap piles don’t get the petting and love that our fat quarters, yardage and bolts get. So I took some time sorting and remembering, petting and smoothing those poor little squares and HST’s that have been languishing in their little bin just waiting for a chance to make the big time and be in a real quilt.

I chose a light gray blender for my inside background fabric and charcoal gray blender for the outside background. Any two background colors will work if you like them together…….even prints, I suppose, as long as they aren’t too busy. Contrast is important. Make sure your piecing colors are intense enough so you don’t lose the pattern of the block. I used white to accent and bring focus to the block itself. Other colors could be used depending on your choice of inside and outside background fabrics.

You are going to need 24 sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ colored squares cut on one diagonal. Each set should be of the same color and value. So………that means each set may consist of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares all the same fabric or different fabrics…….or made up of different half square triangles…..8 to be exact. Or any combination of the above. I have some with all the same fabric, some with a couple fabrics, some with multiple sets of different half square triangles. What an opportunity to use all those odd balls! The only real importance is that they all be the same color and value. And, no, I don’t mean they must all (24 sets) be the same color. Have a wide range of colors……assorted colored sets – the more the merrier and scrappier!! OK, let’s go!!!

Scrap Fantasy Medallion

Fabric Requirements:

White Fabric:

  • 4 – 3 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 32 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 32 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal

Assorted Colored Fabrics:

  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 80 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles
  • 12 – assorted 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 4 matching sets of 2 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 24 matching sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal (see above for explanation)
  • 24 – 4 1/4″ squares
  • 4 – 3″ squares

Inside Background ( 3 yds.)

  • 4 – 3″ wof (width of fabric) strips at least 44″ long
  • 48 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 68 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 80 – 3 1/4″ squares
  • 20 – 6 1/2″ squares cut on both diagonals

Outside Background (3 yds. includes plenty for border and binding)

  • 8 – 1 7/8″ wof strips at least 44″ long
  • 2 – 8 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 16 – 8 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals

Sew! Enjoy the Holidays! January and the first clue will be here before you know it………..Happy Quilting!

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.

PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK.

Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2019 Charlotte Hawkes. All rights reserved.

Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern whether or not you profit from it.

Ready for a New Scrappy Mystery? Who’s Game?

Well, this has been quite a year for me!!!  To say the least!!!  I found a new love, sold my house, bought another, moved in and then I got married!!!  Exhausting!!!  But worth it!  So I guess I shouldn’t have to apologize too much for being late with the requirements for a new scrappy mystery quilt.  I usually have the cutting requirements out in September but this year it just didn’t happen.  Hopefully, you are all still with me and ready to get started.  The clues will begin in January as usual.  I’m sorry to say that I haven’t figured out why some automatically get the blog post and others do not.  I will post on Facebook when there is new news.

I looked at my scrap bins and saw a few spots that were sooooo overloaded so I designed this quilt around them.  This Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt is a scrap buster for sure!  And these scraps have ATTITUDE!  Good for confident beginners on up. It has plenty of scrapiness and yet enough free space to embellish with quilting to make you and/or your longarmer happy.  It will work with any color background….light or dark.  I chose a creamy beige color this time.  Your colored scraps should give contrast to your background so if you choose a dark background make sure you have lighter brighter scraps.  If you have a lighter background use darker, bright scraps.  Remember contrast and diversity is the key!  So here it goes……. the 2019 Mystery Quilt………… by yours truly……..Charlotte Hawkes:

A Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt 

Cutting Requirements:

My EQ software says you will need approximately 4 yds. of 45″ background fabric but I think that measurement is quite generous.  This quilt has a scrappy border.  You may make it without a border but it needs one in my humble opinion.  The inside with NO border measures 60″ x 82″….with the border measures 80″ x 97″.  If you make no border you will need less background fabric.

White (can be scrappy) Fabric

40  –  2 7/8″ squares cut on one diagonal to make 80 HST (Half Square Triangles)

40  –  3 1/4″ squares cut on one diagonal

Assorted Medium to Dark Colored Fabric

192  –  1 1/2″ squares

31 – 2″ squares

169  –  2 1/2″ squares

168  –   2 7/8″ squares cut on one diagonal to make 336 HST (Half Square Triangles)

96  –  1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles

80  –  2″ x 2 1/2 rectangles

160  –  2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles

20 pairs (2 the same – 40 total) –  3 1/4″ squares cut on one diagonal

Background Fabric

64  –  4 7/8″ squares cut on one diagonal to make 128 HST (Half Square Triangles)

4  –  15 1/2″ squares cut on both diagonals

2  –  8″ squares cut on one diagonal

If you make the border you will need to cut 8 – 5″ width of fabric strips.

Borders

The border that I have chosen uses additional 2″ squares, 2″ x 2 1/2 rectangles and 2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles.  You may choose to use random  2″ strips in 4″, 6″, or 8″ lengths.  Amounts will vary depending on what you use.  This is an excellent way to use up those scraps! Cut them or not……you decide.  But the more color and diversity you have, the more Attitude your quilt will have!  No Ho Hum scrappy quilts for me!  I like all the color and POP that I can get!  I finished the top today…….done! …….just needs quilting now!  And I’m loving the way this one is turning out!!!

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.

The first clue will be out on January 8th.  Have fun and Happy Quilting!

PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK.

Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2018 Charlotte Hawkes. All rights reserved.

Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern

whether or not you profit from it.

We’ve Got Em Surrounded!

On October 17, 1777, British General John Burgoyne was surrounded and surrendered in the Battle of Saratoga.  This was said to be the turning point of the American Revolution.  The Burgoyne Surrounded quilt pattern symbolically represents the event of the Americans circling around the British and breaking through the British lines.  “Surrounded by Scraps” is an adaptation of the this old traditional pattern.  So……. Congratulations!  You have persisted……..broken through heaps of scraps…….and you won!  Some of you whined about all the little pieces (ahem). Listen.  This was easy peasy….no flying geese, no points, no weird angles or curves and no set on point!   But, I hope you have had fun on this journey with me.  Thank you all for your comments, your pictures on Facebook, your encouragement and your dedication to taming that growing scrap pile!  Ok, down to business!!  Let’s get this bad boy put together!  Here is the last clue:

Surrounded by Scraps  –  Clue #4

 Using the sections below, sew one to opposite sides of each of the 12 (20) center squares.

Sew the remaining sections below as shown.  You should have 24 (40) when finished.

Place one section on top and bottom of the center section and sew together to make 12 (20) blocks.

Lay blocks out side by side.  Sew together using 1 1/2″ x 17″ sashing pieces and the remaining 1 1/2″ colored squares for cornerstones.  You should have enough background fabric to make a 5″ border.  I’m thinking that I’m going to make….OH NO!!!!…..more silly little nine patches to make my border wider so that has more drop for my bed.  AND I’ll probably need ANOTHER boat load of 1 1/2″ squares for that!

Since my backyard is still a muddy mess and I have no place to display my quilt with decent lighting, I laid it out on the last snowfall that we had so you could see the reveal.   I look forward to seeing yours on Facebook  –  MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte.  If you haven’t joined yet…..come see!  I’d love to see your progress and posts!  So until next time………..Happy Quilting!

PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK.

Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2017 Charlotte Hawkes. All rights reserved.

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Stuff Happens and Then There’s a Clue!

Those of you who aren’t on Facebook are probably wondering why there was no clue last week.  Well, last Wednesday when I was working on the clue, we started having a wind storm.  And this wasn’t just your average windstorm………This was gusts up to 80 mph and continued for about 5 hours.  I looked out my window and there were tractor trailer trucks stopped in front of my house.  Cars were turning around in the street.  A tree had blown down on top of a tractor trailer truck, knocking down the wires and blocking both sides of the road.  Everything east of the tree was down and had no power.  Luckily I kept power but the cable was gone.  No cable = no internet, so there went your clue.  The storm raged and 130,000 people in my area lost electric.  Some are still out.  Trees and poles came down everywhere.  Traffic lights weren’t working and some even came crashing down. Crews have come from all over to help get power lines back up and working.  Yesterday my cable was restored.  And I have TV, yayee!   Now we are under a winter storm warning that may land us up to 2 feet of snow! Oye!  Up until now we’ve had a mild winter with some really warm weather.  My crocus are blooming!  They’re frozen and confused!  Crazy, crazy weather!  I’m ready for Spring!!!

So, sorry about the delay but there was nothing to be done but wait!  And what do they say?……good things come to those that wait?  Well, I hope this is good and worth your wait!

Surrounded By Scraps  –  Clue #3

Choose 4 –  3 1/2″ assorted colored squares, arrange and sew 2 together with a background 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle, twice. Press to the background.   Sew 2 –  1 1/2″x 3 1/2″ background rectangles with one 1 1/2″ colored square as shown below. Press to the background.   Assemble together as shown below to make a 7 1/2″ square.  Press. Make 12 (20).

Using the four patches that were made previously, sew on 3 1/2″x 2 1/2″ background rectangle to  one side of the four patch.  These are direction specific so make sure that half of your units have the colored patch to the top left and half of the units are to the bottom left, as shown below.  Press to the background.   You should have 24 (40) of each.

Using the nine patches that were made previously, sew one 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background rectangle to the side of one nine patch, as shown below.  Press to the background fabric.  Make 48 (80).

Using the four patch units and the nine patch units, sew together as shown.  Press to the four patch unit side.  You should have 24 (40) righties and 24 (40) lefties.

OK, I know you will be chomping at the bit to put this block together!  But don’t get ahead of me here!  Just remember……good things come to those who wait!  LOL!  I know…….April 12th seems so far away……….  But it will be Spring!  I hope!!!!  And the mystery will be revealed!  Ah Hah!  As always, Have fun and keep quilting!

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Some Thoughts and, of course,…….Clue #2

The other day when I posted my scrap organization system, I told you that I save a lot of different size squares.  I didn’t want to scare you off.  So what I didn’t say is that I save them in 1/4″ increments from 1 1/2″ to 6″.  I also save some 3/8″ and 7/8″ sizes of a few squares that I find come in handy for making half square triangles. You have a multitude of possibilities with your sorted and cut scrap stash. Here are a few ideas to use those sizes. If a pattern calls for several squares of the same fabric, I cut up the larger squares.  I’m working on one now that calls for 8- 3″ squares that need to be the same.  I sorted through my 6″ blocks finding doubles and cut them up. I have 8 – 3″ squares just like that!  And what fun I have sorting for doubles!  There’s that chance to pet, fondle and remember again!  When I find too many of an odd size square that never seems to get used, sew them end to end and use as sashing or as a border or IN a border.   WHALA!  You’ve created some brand new interest and added some pizzaz!  And cornerstones!!!  They all come in handy for that!  Make your sashing fit the size of your cornerstone!  Who says the sashing has to be 2 1/2″?  Be creative!  Got a pattern that uses a 4 patch?  Do some math and make it a 9 patch of smaller squares, or a 16 patch!!  Have some fun!  I love figuring out “Just What Can I Do With ALL These Scraps?!!!”

OK, You’ve been very patient!  Well, at least some of you have……..you know who you are!  Lol!  So here’s Clue #2.  Remember the larger size is in ( ).  Also, I used one colored fabric for the pieces used below in part 2.  I commented that if I had to do it over I would use assorted colors.  Some of you have chosen to do that.  If you are using one fabric you may cut and sew strips to use a short cut.  Otherwise you are doing it the long way.  Sorry, I don’t want you to be confused.

Surrounded by Scraps  –  Clue #2

1. Using one 1 1/2″ background square and one 1 1/2″ assorted colored square, sew together and press to the dark side. Make 48 (80).

2.  Sew one 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ background section and one 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ assorted colored section together  as shown.  Press to the dark side.   You will need 96 (160).  If you are using a single contrasting fabric you may cut 1 1/2″ strips, sewn together lengthwise to 1 1/2″ background strips and cut to 3 1/2″ bricks (3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″). 

3.  Sew one brick to each side of the two-patch made in #1.  Make sure that the colored square lines up with the background color as shown. Should measure 2 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ Press to the center.  Make 48 (80).

4.  Sew one  3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ background section lengthwise to the colored side of the above piece.  Should measure 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″.  Press to the background side.   Make 48 (80).

Next clue will be on March 8th at 7pm EST.  As always, have fun and Happy Quilting!

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